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Najib’s excessive control over developmental allocation

Budget Speech (Part 2) by DAP National Political Education Director and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong One salient feature of Budget 2015 is the Prime Minister’s Department’s excessive control of the already very small development allocation. Prime Minister’s Department (PMD) has sliced away more budget allocation from other ministries over the last decade. According… Read More

Call on Najib to brief Parliament on the impact of failing oil prices on the Budget

Budget Speech (Part 1) by DAP National Political Education Director and MP by Kluang Liew Chin Tong on 28th October 2014 in Parliament One of the “Black Swan events” that the current budget did not anticipate is the falling oil prices. The black swan theory, developed by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, is a metaphor that describes… Read More

Doing more of the same won’t help our economy

Albert Einstein was said to have remarked, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” In other words, doing more of the same really won’t help.  It is insane to think that Malaysia can avoid the next economic mayhem by doing more of the same, or worse still, doing… Read More

GST: the cat is out of the bag, finally

Media statement by DAP Political Education Director and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong on 18th May 2013 in Kuala Lumpur:  GST: the cat is out of the bag, finally With Idris Jala’s latest revelation, the Barisan Nasional Government is finally letting the goods and services tax (GST) cat out of the bag. Pakatan Rakyat… Read More

Pakatan Rakyat: Building an economy for all

Barisan Nasional paraded its “55 years” of track record” in “fulfillment of promises” – Janji Ditepati –  during the Prime Minister Najib Razak’s recent roadshows and on National Day 2012. One would expect a government with such a long experience in office would have long term strategies for the nation. Unfortunately, apart from arguing that… Read More

Small and medium industries deserve a better deal

Joint media statement by Pakatan Rakyat Policy Committee on 16th January 2013 in Kuala Lumpur Small and medium industries deserve a better deal Pakatan Rakyat understands the concerns of the small and medium entrepreneur industries (SMEs) especially in the context of the implementation of minimum wage policy and calls on the Barisan Nasional Federal Government… Read More

Rethinking wage policy to reposition our economy

Although the minimum wage law is scheduled to take effect in January 2013, the Barisan Nasional Government does not seem to be particularly committed to re-imagine the Malaysian economy through wage policy reform. Efforts to smoothen the transition for small and middle industries are seriously lacking too. Minimum wage is meant to tackle several long-standing… Read More

Agenda Ekonomi Saksama

Amidst an increasing global realisation that inequality hurts growth, general well-being of the population and, ultimately, stability, DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng articulates an Agenda Ekonomi Saksama to orient DAP and Pakatan Rakyat on the question of inequality. At a Roketkini forum, Guan Eng plays on the initials of the Automated Enforcement System in jest… Read More

World Bank’s Report on Malaysian Minimum Wages

WB Minimum Wages

In view of the near-nonsensical discussion in the media on minimum wage by Barisan Nasional elected representatives, I decided to release my copy of a confidential report by the World Bank to the Malaysian Government entitled “Optimal design for a minimum wage policy in Malaysia.” I am encouraged to do so by Kota Belud MP… Read More

Minimum wage: unsubstantiated statements by Chua Tee Yong and Chua Soi Lek

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Media statement by Liew Chin Tong, DAP MP for Bukit Bendera, on Sunday 7th October 2012 Minimum wage: unsubstantiated statements by Chua Tee Yong and Chua Soi Lek MCA President Dr Chua Soi Lek and his son Deputy Agriculture Minister Chua Tee Yong should debate economic policies with facts and sound arguments and not make… Read More

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    Facebook IconNovember 21, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    Disclose fuel price mechanism now

    The DAP cautiously welcomes the potential reduction of RON5 and diesel pump prices and calls on the Barisan Nasional Government to disclose the new managed float system immediately.

    First, the DAP cautiously welcomes the potential savings for consumers as the global crude oil price has already fallen below the current pump price of RM2.30 for RON95 and RM2.20 for diesel. As repeatedly highlighted by DAP and Pakatan Rakyat since 31st October 2014, Malaysians are indeed already paying a “fuel tax” without one being imposed.

    Second, the Government must disclose the formula for the managed float, which industrial players call “dirty float”, for greater transparency.

    Third, the Government must also draw up a plan of what it would do in the event that the petrol price rises again to ease the burden of the people.

    Fourth, in the long run, the Government must invest a lot more to create an efficient and affordable public transportation system so that the Malaysian public will rely less on private vehicles, hence end our dependence on petroleum.

    In hindsight, the criticism against the recent October 2014 petrol hike by the Opposition is proven right that the Government was raising pump prices at a time when global crude oil prices were falling. After the ensuing panic arising from the chain effect of the price hike, the government is now forced to make a u-turn.

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    Kuda berenang di Empangan Sembrong petunjuk air minuman tercemar

    Empangan Sembrong merupakan bekalan air utama untuk penduduk Kluang, namun pencemarannya di persekelilingan agak teruk malah ada kuda berenang di dalam takungan air tersebut.

    ADUN Mengkibol Tan Hong Pin berkata, kuda tersebut dijumpai di Empangan Sembrong sekitar bulan Mac dan April di mana Kluang mengalami catuan air berpanjangan.

    Selain daripada kuda, persekitaran empangan ditakluk oleh ladang kelapa sawit di mana pencemaran baja kimia dan racun perosak didapati dalam air empangan, ujaran beliau pada sidang media di persidangan Dewan Negeri Johor pada Rabu (19 Nov).

    Hong Pin juga menyeru bahawa kerajaan negeri dapat member perhatian terhadap urusan bekalan air di Johor untuk keselamatan rakyat.

    Tan Hong Pin 陈泓宾

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    Nilai semula dasar pertahanan negara, Perang Dingin sudah tamat | roketkini.com

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    Berita Nilai semula dasar pertahanan negara, Perang Dingin sudah tamat 21 November 2014 KUALA LUMPUR, 20 NOV: Sudah tiba masanya untuk negara meninggalkan ‘acuan’ Perang Dingin abad lalu, dan mula merangka Dasar Pertahanan Negara yang lebih sesuai dengan realiti baru yang mempunyai cabaran dan risik…

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    Facebook IconNovember 21, 2014 at 3:44 pm

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    States hospitals, especially in the northern region, are in urgent need of an upgrade, urgent need for change of management, urgent need for improvement in training programmes and flexibilities.

    Wards are overcrowded, working environment is unfriendly, doctors’ on-call rooms are like store rooms, sanitary system is bad, delivery suites are like a market, outpatient department/clinics are crowded like sardine cans, radiological machines are working overtime resulting in frequent breakdown, why? Because there is only one machine to serve all mankind.In addition, some states hospitals, especially in the northern region, are in urgent need of an upgrade, urgent need for change of management, urgent need for improvement in training programmes and flexibilities.

    Wards are overcrowded, working environment is unfriendly, doctors’ on-call rooms are like store rooms, sanitary system is bad, delivery suites are like a market, outpatient department/clinics are crowded like sardine cans, radiological machines are working overtime resulting in frequent breakdown, why? Because there is only one machine to serve all mankind.

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    Need for more critical care facilities in some states

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    “You can’t start the next chapter if you keep re- reading the last one.” As a practicing medical officer in a district hospital, I wish to highlight to the Health Ministry some problems that we have been facing almost daily, especially with regard to critical care support.

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    Facebook IconNovember 20, 2014 at 9:40 pm

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    ‘Kertas Fokus’ 5 (Isu Pembangunan Lestari)

    Sebagai Respon Kepada Bajet Johor 2015

    20 November 2014

    Membangunkan ekonomi Johor secara lestari denagn serentaknya memelihara alam sekitar Johor khasnya hutan simpanan kekal, mempertahankan sumber ekonomi tradisi termasuk pertanian dan perikanan bagi keperluan generasi-generasi yang akan datang, memulihara sumber-sumber air dan sungai di Negeri Johor, memelihara Budaya dan warisan Johor, mempelapori teknologi sumber tenaga lestari, memajukan sektor ekonomi berilmu;

    MEMELIHARA ALAM SEKITAR

    1. Memperketatkan penguatkuasaan terhadap pembalakan haram di hutan simpanan kekal yang sedia ada serta membekukan sebarang pembalakan di kawasan-kawasan sumber-sumber air, tadahan air dan penebatan banjir;

    2. Mewartakan kesemua 9126 hektar (bukannya 6740.439 hektar yang masih dalam proses pewartaan) hutan bakau Sungai Pulai sebagai tapak RAMSAR serta merta dari status hutan simpanan kekal sebab hutan bakau Sungai Pulai dijangka dapat menyara hasil perikanan sejumlah RM 1.7 billion setahun menurut pengiraan UNDP;

    3. Mewartakan serta merta 13,561 hektar hutan paya laut dan dataran lumpur di sepanjang pesisiran Pantai Selat Melaka dan Taman Negara Pulau Kukup yang telah diluluskan pada 2005 sebagai Hutan Simpanan Kekal untuk tujuan penguatkuasaan yang lebih ketat untuk mengelakkan hakisan pantai laut, pencerobohan tanah, penebangan huatan bakau secara haram dan pencemaran serta memelihara industri perikanan lestari bagi kepentingan generasi-generasi akan datang;

    4. Mewartakan serta merta status Taman Negara Pulau Kukup dan Taman Negara Tanjung Piai sebagai tapak RAMSAR serta memperuntukkan perbelanjaaan yang memadai untuk memulihara kedua-dua Taman Negara sebagai tapak pelancongan dan penyumbang industri perikanan;

    5. Menubuhkan task force pada peringkat Kerajaan Negeri dan PBT untuk menangani permaslahan pencemaran sungai-sungai di Negeri Johor khasnya pembuangan sisa pepejal dan sisa industry.

    Pakatan Rakyat Johor tidak menolak sebarang bentuk pembangunan untuk Negeri Johor termasuk Forest City. Namun pembangunan tersebut hendaklah memenuhi beberapa syarat termasuk:

    1. Mengambil kira Dasar Perumahan Rakyat Johor yang diperkenalkan pada tahun 2013 iaitu 40% daripada unit pembangunan adalah merupakan rumah kos rendah dan mampu milik;

    2. Tidak mejejaskan kualiti alam sekitar;

    3. Tidak menjejaskan kepentingan termasuk sumber pendapatan mana-mana rakyat yang menerima kesan langsung atau tidak langsung daripada projek yang dijalankan.

    Pakatan Rakyat Johor bersedia berkerja sama dengan pihak pemerintah untuk menubuhkan suatu Jawatankuasa Terpilih Alam Sekitar untuk menyemak dan mangkaji DEIA Forest City oleh ahli-ahli dewan yang mulia ini.

    MEMPERTAHANKAN SUMBER EKONOMI TRADISI TERMASUK PERTANIAN DAN PERIKANAN BAGI KEPERLUAN GENERASI-GENERASI YANG AKAN DATANG

    1. Menguruskan penggunaan tanah secara lebih berhemah dan lestari khasnya memajakkan tanah terbiar kepada pihak berpengalaman untuk tujuan pemuliharaan dan peningkatan hasil pertanian;

    2. Mewujudkan master plan di mana tanah bagi tujuan pertanian perlu dipertahankan dan keseimbangan penggunaan tanah di antara pembangunan perumahan, industri, komersil, rekreasi dan pertanian perlu dilestarikan;

    3. Mempertahankan hutan-hutan bakau sebagai sumber perikanan serta mengurangkan impak negative Projek Minyak dan Gas Pengerang, Stesyen Tenaga Tanjung Bin kepada alam sekitar dan industry perikanan;

    4. Mewujudkan Tabung Relief Kontigensi Pertanian, Penternakan dan Perikanan untuk membantu petani, nelayan dan penternak haiwan seaktu krisis (contonhnya epidemik Newcastle Disease, Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease);

    5. Mempertingkatkan pengeluaran hasil tani (kelapa sawit, getah, koko, kopi, nenas kaleng, nenas segar, buah-buahan,sayur-sayuran, kelapa dan tanaman kontan lain), penternakan dan perikanan tanpa menjejaskan alam sekitar malahan melalui pengurusan penggunaan tanah yang lebih berhemah, pemuliharaan alam sekitar dan penyelidikan teknologi lebih canggih.

    6. Memulihara sumber-sumber air dan sungai di Negeri Johor

    7. Mewartakan kawasan-kawasan tadahan air seceapt mungkin ke Tahap Keselamatan 1 untuk mengelakkan pencerobohan secara lebih berkesan;

    8. Memberhentikan perlombongan pasir dan batu bata haram yang berleluasa secara lebih berkesan untuk mengelakkan pencemaran sungai-sungai.

    MEMELIHARA BUDAYA DAN WARISAN JOHOR

    1. Melibatkan YWJ, PBT-PBT, Jabatan Perancangan Bandar dan Desa, Kerajaan Negeri dan Kerajaan Persekutuan dalam usaha mengenal pastikan tapak-tapak berwarisan serta mempercepatkan proses pewartaan tapak warisan;

    2. Menghargai warisan semua kaum termasuk masakan dan kesenian pelbagai kaum, masjid, kuil hindu, tokong Cina, gereja Kristian dan bangunan yang bersejarah di Negeri Johor dengan berpendekatan yang inklusif;

    3. Mempergiatkan warisan sebagai sumber ekonomi melalui pelancongan, pendidikan, penyelidikan dan industri kraf tangan;

    MEMPELAPORI TEKNOLOGI SUMBER TENAGA LESTARI

    1. Mempelapori teknologi menjana tenaga dengan sisa-sisa perumahan, pertanian termasuk kelapa sawit dll secara lebih proaktif.

    2. Mempelapori teknologi tenaga solar secara skala lebih proaktif;

    3. Memajukan sektor ekonomi berilmu;

    4. Mengurangkan pergantungan kepada industri intensif buruh dengan mengalihkan perkembangan ekonomi ke arah ekonomi berilmu khasnya bidang kewangan dan perbankan, ICT, sector perkhidmatan;

    5. Mengawal pergantungan kepada pekerja asing dan melaksanakan dasar imigresen yang lebih transparen dan terbuka.

    Disediakan oleh,

    DR BOO CHENG HAU

    (Ketua Pembangkang Dewan Negeri Johor)

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    Disahkan oleh Pakatan Rakyat Johor,

    HJ AMINOLHUDA HASSAN (Pesuruhjaya PAS Johor)

    LIEW CHIN TONG (Pengerusi DAP Johor)

    MOHD KHUZZAN BIN ABU BAKAR (Wakil PKR)